Interest in science, not ability, builds trust in climate science (ars technica)

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Studies of how people perceive climate science paint a depressing picture—one in which ideology overwhelms evidence. Not only does opinion about the science break down along ideological lines, but knowledge of science seems to make matters worse, accentuating the partisan divide. Those studies have always been somewhat dissatisfying, though, as they leave little room for anyone to dispassionately evaluate the …


NC State breaks ground for new $150M engineering building, announces $25M gift (WRAL)

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North Carolina State University broke on its next major building project, a 250,000 square-foot Centennial Campus engineering building partially funded by the passage of the May 2016 Connect NC Bond referendum, last week. During the ceremony, the university unveiled the building’s name: Fitts-Woolard Hall, which comes as the result of a $25 million gift from alumni Edward P. Fitts Jr. …


West Virginia Department of Education wants to improve student achievement in math (WVNews)

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With new national data spotlighting how West Virginia students fair in reading and math, the state education department is gearing up to consider new ways to improve student achievement in the latter subject. A federal education agency released scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress last week, an exam which is commonly referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card.” …


Udacity tackles cybersecurity with its latest nanodegree (TechCrunch)

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Responding to the talent shortage and increasing demand facing the cybersecurity industry, Udacity  said that it is now developing a new nanodegree focused on security. Launched at the security industry’s RSA Conference, details about the new program (including potential partners) are still sketchy (there’s little available on the information page on the Udacity’s website about the program). The announcement at RSA  actually included an active call for …


Indiana Department of Education Announces Recipients of First-Ever K-6 STEM Acceleration Grants (EducateIN)

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the recipients of the State’s first-ever K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. The awards will be used for important research efforts to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities happening in classrooms across the state. “An education grounded in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics helps prepare …


Jeff Bezos is ‘particularly proud’ of this Amazon employee benefit that helps workers go back to school (CNBC)

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is very proud, in fact he is ‘particularly proud’ of a unique benefit that the company provides to its employees: the chance to go back to school and learn some in-demand skills for the workplace. With, Amazon Career Choice, Amazon pre-pays 95 percent of up to $12,000 in tuition, fees, and textbooks for its hourly associates …


Video games + cardboard: A look at Nintendo’s new STEM-friendly Labo system (Big Think)

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What do video games and cardboard have in common? Besides the packaging games come in, basically nothing. But Nintendo intends to change that on April 20 when it releases Labo, a new gaming system that asks kids to assemble (or create their own) mini-games by combining cardboard cutouts with the company’s handheld, modular Switch console. Nintendo calls these mini-game creations “Toy-Cons,” …



Tammie Jo Shults, who landed crippled Southwest plane, was one of first female fighter pilots in U.S. Navy (NBC News)

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The pilot who coolly landed a crippled Southwest Airlines plane after a blown engine sent shrapnel through one of the jet’s windows midflight has gone against the odds before. Identified by The Associated Press as Tammie Jo Shults, she wasted no time rapidly lowering the plane toward safety when chaos broke out shortly after takeoff Tuesday from New York — maintaining her …


UA, Microsoft to Expand Computer Science Education (University of Arizona)

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The University of Arizona has announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft Corp. to bring computer science education, through Microsoft’s Technology, Education and Literacy in Schools, or TEALS, program, to more high school students in Tucson and southern Arizona, starting with the 2018-2019 school year. Microsoft will fund and hire a new TEALS regional manager to grow the reach of the program in …


Two Yakima County students to participate in STEM signing day at Museum of Flight (Yakima Herald)

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Two Yakima County high-school seniors will be among 49 students participating in a signing day Monday for students going into science and technology fields in college. Boeing joined with Washington STEM to have the inaugural signing ceremony at the Museum of Flight. The students come from each of the state’s legislative districts. Among the students signing will be Xitlali Herrera …


2016-17 AP + PLTW Student Achievement Results (Project Lead The Way)

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We’re pleased to announce that the College Board and Project Lead The Way have awarded more than 3,000 AP + PLTW Student Achievements for the 2016-17 school year. Now in its second year, the AP + PLTW program aims to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and to build student interest in STEM degrees and careers. The program has …


Grant Funding Supports STEM Engagementat Detroit Youth Recreation Center (FIRST Case Study)

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Tucked into one of Michigan’s most disinvested neighborhoods,1 off a busy northeast Detroit street lined with abandoned buildings, is the state-of-the-art S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center. Opened in 2015 by Mitch Albom, a bestselling author and radio broadcaster, the center is a nonprofit after-school youth recreation center, drawing students from nearby Title I public schools that serve a predominantly African American …


Researchers to examine what attracts, discourages Black students in engineering education (Clemson University)

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A team of Clemson researchers is using a $398,263 award from the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Engineering program to examine factors that both encourage and discourage Black students from pursuing education in engineering fields. Researchers will also examine how different academic pathways in engineering vary by gender and institution type for Black students. Catherine Mobley, a professor in Clemson’s sociology, …


Florida Atlantic University receives $1 million for science programs, upgrades at K-12 schools (Sun-Sentinel)

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Florida Atlantic University has received a major gift to enhance science programs and to help build a new facility for its prestigious K-12 schools. FAU received $1 million from Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, a healthcare technology company, and his wife, Debra Cane. The gift will establish The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies at Henderson University School, which serves …


Economics department votes to classify as STEM major (The Daily Northwestern)

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Northwestern’s economics department voted unanimously Tuesday to classify economics as a science, technology, engineering and mathematics major, economics Prof. Mark Witte said. The department decided to adjust the classification after a petition asked them to change it to help accommodate international students applying for work visas. Aashrey Tiku (Weinberg ’17), an international student, said he would be directly affected by …


UCCSTeach to join pilot program for new science education strategies (UC Colorado Springs)

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A program to prepare future science teachers who will work in middle schools and high schools will be implemented at UCCS and two other institutions in Colorado through a $3 million grant secured by BSCS Science Learning. The program, called STeLLA CO², will expand the existing STeLLA research to university faculty who are teaching future science teachers. Named for Science …


Purdue Launches Data Science Initiative (Inside Indiana Business)

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A new initiative at Purdue University aims to make data science education part of every student’s learning experience on campus. The university says the Integrated Data Science Initiative will help create a “data science for all” ecosystem while boosting research and partnerships in the field. The focus of the IDSI, Purdue says, is applying data science research to pressing fundamental …


Zayo CEO Caruso, wife, give $2 million to University of Colorado (Denver Business Journal)

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Zayo Group Holdings Inc. CEO Dan Caruso, and his wife Cindy, are giving the University of Colorado $2 million. According to the school, through their foundation the Carusos are giving “$1 million toward the future connection between the business and engineering buildings, and another $1 million to support entrepreneurial activities that foster new business creation, diversity and inclusion.” CU officials said …


Have we made progress on achievement gaps? Looking at evidence from the new NAEP results (Brookings Institute)

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Last week, the National Assessment Governing Board and National Center for Education Statistics released results from the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” these results provide a bi-annual barometer on how states and the country as a whole are performing in the classroom. This year’s results are particularly noteworthy because they …